My Permies e-mail address is different from the one I used for kickstarter, so I did not get blessed for the 'inner circle' forums. If I change my current e-mail to match the kickstarter one, will it work?
I did get all the nice candy, and really enjoyed watching the Fire Science video, awesome stuff!!!
If there are any other GNU/Liunx users that use this forum it would be nice to have zsync files for any future downloads. The servers got really bogged down and I had to re download a few things ( I ended up using wget since it is more reliable than the web browser downloader). Anyhow thanks for the awesome videos, and the pdfs! I have really been enjoying this candy, though I have not had time to listen to the TONS of mp3s.
Jay Green wrote:My grandmother washed all her dishes with lye soap and then gave the dishwater to the pigs and chickens. The soap helped keep them worm free and the water was recycled into something good for the soil. Might be time to consider re-using your water in just such a manner to bring all things into a healthy balance.
I did a bit of research, and found a few reuses that could be beneficial for Permies:
Lye is used to cure types of food, such as lutefisk, green olives, canned mandarin oranges, hominy, lye rolls, century eggs, and pretzels. It is also used as a tenderizer in the crust of baked Cantonese moon cakes, and in lye-water "zongzi" (glutenous rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves), in chewy southern Chinese noodles popular in Hong Kong and southern China, and in Japanese ramen. In the United States, food-grade lye must meet the requirements outlined in the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), as prescribed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Lower grades of lye are commonly used as drain openers and oven cleaners and should not be used for food preparation.
/* recycling Paper
1. Paper industry: Lye finds the greatest usage in the pulp and paper industry worldwide. It is used in the de-inking of waste paper and water treatment during pulp and paper manufacturing process. It is also a raw material in the pulp bleaching process. Many manufacturers produce and supply lye only as an essential ingredient for this industry.
I think water drained from dish cleaning could easily be used in paper making... since it de-inks paper, and bleaches it. But, using it as a catalyst for making bio-diesel is probably one of the more intriguing ones.... Washing dishes to make car fuel. Of course you'd need some used oil from somewhere. Oh, and of course Ramen noodles... who doesn't like Ramen from time to time?
If you are going to make a Cob shed... you don't need to make a frame for your shed. You only need to frame in your door, and you 'can' frame in windows... or you can build them into the wall. For wattle and daub you will of course want a frame.
For cob you will want a good stem wall and a good roof overhang, with a good coat of lime plaster.
Recycled anything is pretty much what permies are about! Use as much stuff as you can that will go to waste.
My Cob shed has a stem wall built from urbanite (old broken pieces of concrete). Broken concrete is plentiful in the US... not sure about the UK....
Definitely want to avoid dishsoap made with Borax/Washing Soda/Baking Soda/ Salt.... As it has been mentioned salt buildup in soil will make your ground very unproductive. Another thought is Lye. Lye is made from ash, and seems to be incredibly powerful. I am not sure quite how you would work out using it in a situation washing dishes by hand... maybe the people with dishwashing machines (which can conserve more water than handwashing) can try it out.
Just so I'm clear, if you get enough pallets of a standard size and condition to design a structured wall from those pallets and then infill with "cob," you could use pallets to build a home, or take pallets apart to use the material they contain in some traditional building method that involves "cob." In any case, when it come to recycling materials, often what seems like a good idea, often is not the case. when all the different facets are considered.
I agree with that. People have definitely used pallets for a timber frame before, and it can be done. Taking pallets apart is not an easy task, and generally destroys quite a bit of the lumber. If you are using it for a timber frame, then you have to consider if they are going to be part of the load bearing structure, and frame it accordingly. Other than a wattle and daub type setting, it almost seems like more work than benefit to use pallets in cob walls, though they might work well for a slip straw kind of application. You might actually be more interested in cordwood cobbing, or something like that, if you are trying to increase the speed of construction without sacrificing structural integrity. Cob doesn't really need a frame to stick to, it is the frame so to speak, and you 'knead' it together, so each little cob loaf it woven into the rest and 'sticks' to the other ones.
Well, you can always ask around your country some. It doesn't seem like bamboo is poisonous to other plants, but I guess it could be. If you have some room to experiment you might as well try, if you have the resources it could be good to research it, and test it out. But if you only have a few coffee plants, and need them to grow, do some research in your country and find out if anyone has tried it. I'd think the old timers would know something like that
The only thing I could think that would hinder the growing of coffee under bamboo is the intense nature of bamboo. Bamboo is incredible in how it can overtake an area. So competition might be a huge factor. It could be hard to harvest coffee in a thick bamboo forest, as well. These are just some thoughts, we have bamboo where I live, but not coffee.
If you have any cedar (juniper) you could nail that into the ground, small end down. They usually have very long branches, and are quite strong. We use that out here for fence posts, and I should think that would work quite well for your project.
I've never seen that specific kind, but reel mowers are so nice to use. A reel mower is so much nice than a push mower (as long as you get a good one).
I like mowing barefoot, I like the smell of mowing, I like the gentle sound of mowing, I like mowing with my kids playing in the yard. There is no fumes and no huge amount of grass blown into your lungs. They weigh less than a push mower. All in all I think reel mowers are easier to use. I have a very large area to mow, and I feel less tired not having an engine vibrating my arms and the noise vibrating my brain. A lot of people think it is more work... I think it is less work, but maybe because I enjoy it?
Soap (not detergent) is fine for plants, it does kill pests when put onto plants. You cannot wash diapers and put the greywater in your garden for obvious reasons. Vinegars and Salt based cleaners (Borax, etc..) may be detrimental eventually to your ground. But grated soap (REAL soap not detergent) or liquid plant soap (Castile) should be absolutely safe for your ground. If you work in a toxic environment and wash your clothing with toxic chemicals, you should use septic or a mini wetland. It seems that you could make lye soap and use that without any sort of detriment to the ground (as it is simply processed ash water and animal fat). Buying gimicky expensive stuff seems less of a permie kind of idea, than buying REAL soap. You could just fill the washing machine with hot water and soap, put your clothes in to soak, and stop the washer for a couple of hours and then resume it, to agitate and spin dry your clothing. I suppose liquid soap would work fine in cold water, too.
If you use grey water to water your garden you can't wash diapers, as the waste matter will contaminate your crops. Just thought I'd throw that out there in case anyone stumbles on this thread and also uses cloth diapers, which seems likely on this forum.
The main thing I would think to remember is to use REAL soap, and not detergent. Also oil is broken down by hot water, and salt as well. Vinegar is a good natural cleaner, as well as cloves being very good at killing germs. When I camp, The easy way to clean your dishes is ash, and leaves. If it is a cast iron pot, you can just throw it in the fire, and fish it out the next day. Too much vinegar is not good in a grey water system, though, and neither is too much salt. Real soap has animal fat in it and is not harmful to plants. In fact using soapy water to spray aphids is very effective and safe. Using detergent will kill your plants. Vinegar is something people used down here to kill Bermuda grass (cover it with black plastic in July and it cooks it). Salt can make the soil unproductive. Soap from animals (or Castile... plant oil soap) should be safe as long as it is soap and not detergent. Of course the dyes, fragrances and other stuff can be problematic, so find soap without all that (or make your own castile soap). I suggest looking at a number of the herbs you can use, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, lavender, (the full list is much to extensive to post those are common ones you probably already have). We also have Soaproot a specific Yucca plant that grows here.